has announced a lead gift from alumnus and board chair Michael R. Bloomberg to establish an international policy institute named in honor of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
To be housed at the university's in Washington, D.C., the Henry A. Kissinger Institute for Global Affairs will specialize in long-term strategic analysis and the application of historical lessons to contemporary international problems. The gift from the former New York City mayor and founder is to be matched by other donors and the university, which will dedicate two of its to the new institute. At least ten new endowed chairs will be established at the institute, which, according to SAIS dean Vali Nasr, "will be dedicated through the individual and collective thought leadership, scholarship, and pedagogy of its faculty to shaping the way our future leaders will develop and implement foreign policy."
Although the size of Bloomberg's gift was not disclosed, a JHU spokesperson told the that the institute would ultimately be funded with $40 million in philanthropic investments.
"I am deeply moved that so many friends have come together at Mike Bloomberg's initiative to support an institute that will advance the country's contribution to wresting order from incipient chaos," said Kissinger, who served as national security adviser and secretary of state in the Nixon and Ford administrations. "The challenges of today's world demand fresh thinking and new ideas based on historical perception, knowledge, and sound analysis. The School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins is uniquely positioned to tackle such challenges with a combination of contextual studies in economics, religion, and regional and cultural history with practical diplomacy."